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WidePoint’s ORC Provides Federal Grade Secured Cloud Services with Thales Hardware Security Modules

Cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service Backed by Hardened Cryptography Delivers Trusted Security and Broad Interoperability

Plantation, Fla - March 18, 2014 - Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces that Operational Research Consultants, Inc. (ORC), a subsidiary of WidePoint Corporation (NYSE Mkt: WYY) and pioneer in Federal identity management, has deployed Thales nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) to provide high levels of assurance for Federal cloud services and prove that the cloud really can be as safe, or even safer, than on-premise deployments - even for organizations as security-focused as the U.S. Federal Government.

The ORC PIVotal™ ID cloud-based federated identity solution uses Thales nShield HSMs to underpin the strong identity credentials that are trusted across the federal government as well as being federated globally. Thales HSMs are designed specifically to protect the critical root and issuing certificate authority keys that form the basis of trust in all modern PKIs, and are of critical importance in the overall assurance level of the system and when meeting stringent security requirements such as those demanded by NIST.

Daniel Turissini, CTO of WidePoint and Founder of ORC, Inc., a WidePoint company, said:
"In our line of work, creating trusted, compliant credentials is often a matter of national security. We needed a solution that delivers high assurance and absolute trust, enabling secure transactions for U.S. Federal Agencies (Civilian and Defense), their employees, the global contracting community, trading partners, Veterans and citizens who need to conduct business with any facet of the government. Thales HSMs offer the most cost-effective way to establish the appropriate levels of physical and logical controls where the security offered by software-based cryptography would be considered to be inadequate. The Thales nShield family of HSMs offers superior protection and cryptographic acceleration capabilities as well as the flexibility and scalability to protect and manage root keys and all subordinate keys within a secure cloud service infrastructure."

Cindy Provin, president Thales e-Security Inc. said:
"We are pleased to have worked with ORC in providing federal grade secured cloud services for their customers. For many organizations thinking about moving sensitive data to the cloud, both government and enterprise, security issues remain a significant concern. By integrating the Thales nShield HSM to your Public Key Infrastructure, you are deploying a high assurance, independently certified, tamper-resistant device that is used to secure the most sensitive keys and business processes within governments and organizations around the world."

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About WidePoint and ORC
WidePoint (NYSE Mkt: WYY) is a leading provider of secure, cloud-delivered, enterprise-wide mobile and information technology-based solutions that can enable enterprises and agencies to deploy fully compliant IT services in accordance with government mandated regulations and advanced system requirements. ORC, a WidePoint company, is a trusted partner to the U.S. Federal Government, delivering information security solutions to government and enterprise customers, ensuring the fully compliant and trusted exchange and assurance of information. For more information, visit

About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions to the financial services, high technology, manufacturing, government and technology sectors. With a 40-year track record of protecting corporate and government information, Thales solutions are used by four of the five largest energy and aerospace companies, 22 NATO countries, and secure more than 80 percent of worldwide payment transactions. Thales e-Security has offices in Australia, France, Hong Kong, Norway, United States and the United Kingdom.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace & Transportation and the Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion ($18.3 billion) with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France and the United Kingdom.

Dorothée Bonneil
Thales Media Relations - Security
+33 (0)1 57 77 90 89
[email protected]

Liz Harris
Thales e-Security Media Relations
+44 (0)1223 723612
[email protected]


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